we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?
# tech

we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?

Voting online would be easy and convenient for millions of voters. But won’t solve big problems and we already have an almost equally convenient way to cast your ballot.

how to have a happy, (figuratively) toxin-free holiday season
# politics

how to have a happy, (figuratively) toxin-free holiday season

Thanksgiving marks the start of the winter holidays and the dread associated with having to deal with relatives and family friends you rather wouldn’t...

world of weird things podcast: cyber weapons
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: cyber weapons

Killer drones and hackable weapons and easy targets for spies, oh my...

when climate change contrarians actually have a point
# science

when climate change contrarians actually have a point

A recent paper with a grim notice about the planet’s warming oceans was wrong according to a climate change contrarian. Its authors agree.

when it’s what’s on the inside that counts
# space

when it’s what’s on the inside that counts

How do we know what the insides of Venus or Jupiter look like? The short answer is that we don’t. The longer answer is that we make a fairly accurately guess.

right round, like a black hole baby, right round…
# space

right round, like a black hole baby, right round…

Black holes aren’t just the densest, most massive objects in space. They might also be some of the fastest.

why we need to return to the moon and do the other things
# longform

why we need to return to the moon and do the other things

Space is becoming a growing commercial industry. And we need to start heavily investing in it to save ourselves from our worst decision makers.

did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?
# space

did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?

Some 25 underwater mines mysteriously exploded in the summer of 1972. A newly declassified report points its finger at a surprising culprit: the sun.

world of weird things podcast: ancient aliens
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: ancient aliens

We tackle a classic theory that turned The History Channel into the alien conspiracy network and consider what extraterrestrial life might actually be like.

turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard
# space

turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard

It turns out that one of the oldest objects in the known universe is only a few thousand light years from Earth.

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